[VIDEO] Celebrating the end of the year

Friday, May 28, 2021 - 8:30am
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Need to know information as the year wraps up

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Dear Five Star Community, 

This will be our final weekly update for the 2020-2021 school year. As we move into the summer, any pertinent district updates will be shared on an as-needed basis. 

We value the partnership we have with our community and appreciate your support in the success of all students this year. We wish you a restful and enjoyable summer. 

Topics in this final update: 

Celebrating the End of the Year [VIDEO]

End of School Year Reminders

  • Learning Operations 

    • Learning Model Selection for the 2021-2022 School Year *NEW

    • Navigating Transition to Summer - Tips for families *NEW

    • Internet Privacy and Protection over the Summer *Reminder

  • Free Summer Meals *NEW

  • Focus Groups on Fall Learning *NEW

  • Deputy Superintendent Announcement *NEW

Positive News Stories  *NEW

Next School Year Reminders

  • 2021-2022 District Calendar

  • Online Check-In for the 2021-2022 School Year *NEW

  • Join a District Committee  *NEW

Celebrating the End of the Year [VIDEO]

Through all the challenges, and twists and turns this year presented, our community continued to show up each day to learn, grow, connect and have fun throughout the school year.

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Watch the end-of-the-year video <<click here


End-of-the-Year Celebration

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Keep your eyes peeled for an End-of-Year Celebrations piece in your email on Sunday. In this piece we highlight the many students and staff across the Five Star District who exemplified our district strengths this year, and celebrate the graduating class of 2021. You won’t want to miss it!

End of School Year Reminders

Learning Operations

  • Learning Model Selection for the 2021-2022 School Year 
    As you may recall, all families were asked to complete the 2021-2022 learning model selection form for each of their children back in early March. 

    To provide the best learning experience and to give students consistency in their schedule and teacher assignments, selected learning models will be in place for the entirety of the 2021-2022 school year. If you have questions about your child’s learning model for next school year, please contact your child’s school directly. The last day to change learning models for the 2021-2022 school year is Friday, June 4.    

  • Navigating Transition to Summer - Tips for families
    With summer on the horizon, we know that students often look forward to spending time with others, engaging in activities they enjoy doing, relaxing and recharging.

    We also know that during times of transition students often experience a host of emotions ranging from sadness, uncertainty or anxiousness. As you support your students with the transition into the summer we encourage you to consider some of the strategies outlined below.

    • Listen, name and validate their feelings: invite your student to share how they are feeling, why they may be feeling that way and strategies to help them cope with big emotions.

    • Help them plan and structure their days: create structures and routines that help develop a sense of control and consistency. 

    • Make time for connection and check-in: build time into the day to spend time with your student. 

    • Spend time practicing your strengths to navigate transitions: taking time to be intentional about engaging in activities that help us through transitions can empower our students and help build resilience skills.

As a reminder, outside support is always available for families. A number of external resources can be found on the district website to support families. 

  • Internet Privacy and Protection over the Summer
    As we approach the end of the school year, the district will continue to provide student access to district-managed online tools (such as Gmail, Google Drive, Schoology, etc.) over the summer on personal devices. Review this document for guidelines on how to adjust the privacy settings for those services. In this document, it specifically addresses how to unsync their Adams 12 Google account and additional privacy features such as GoGuardian web filtering from their personal devices.  


Free Summer Meals

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Starting Thursday, June 3, free summer meals will be available for all 1-18 year olds in the Five Star Community via drive-thru and walk-up locations. For more information, including times and locations, visit https://www.adams12.org/2021SummerMeals.


Focus Groups on Fall Learning

As we look ahead and start planning for our fall learning, Adams 12 Five Star Schools wants to hear from our families. We know that the last year has been unlike any other and would love to know what your thoughts and best hopes are for your student for that first month of fall learning.

We are looking for parents who are willing to participate in focus groups from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9. These focus groups will help the district make sure our return to fall learning aligns with family and student needs. If you are interested in participating, please complete this sign up form.


New Deputy Superintendent Announcement

We are excited to share that Priscilla Straughn has accepted the role of Deputy Superintendent for Adams 12 Five Star Schools. Priscilla has been with the district since 2014, when she first came on board as the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She moved into the role of Chief Academic Officer in 2017. 

Prior to joining the Five Star District, Priscilla served Jeffco Public Schools as the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, a high school principal, and an English teacher at the high school and middle school levels. We are confident that her track record of approaching complex and challenging issues with a thoughtful and collaborative approach, as well as the strong results she has achieved during her tenure in Learning Services will make her an excellent fit for this role.

Positive News Stories

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We have great news stories to share from across the district - from our amazing staff to our standout students!

  • An amazing Five Star student recently earned his first-degree black belt. One of the requirements for this accomplishment is to complete a community service project, so Ryan raised almost $1,000 for a no-kill animal shelter. Way to go, Ryan! 

  • Educators make such a tremendous difference for students. Read one parent’s kind note of appreciation for a Legacy coach and teacher who helped her son shine this year.

See these positive news stories and many more on our website. We encourage you to submit an uplifting story about a student, educator, school or other staff member today! 


Next School Year Reminders

2021-2022 District Calendar

A printable version of the 2021-2022 Year at a Glance is available in English and Spanish. For student enrollment information or unique school dates, please contact your school directly. 

Online Check-in for the 2021-2022 School Year

The online check-in process for the 2021-2022 school year opens this summer starting July 6. In order to receive class schedules and teacher assignments before school starts, all parents/guardians of returning students must complete the online process by Aug. 15. For more information, visit www.adams12.org/OnlineCheckin

Join a District Committee

We are accepting applications for various district committees for 2021-2022. Parent and community leaders are needed to help inform and shape our district work. There are open positions on the following committees:

  • Long Range Planning Advisory Committee (LRPAC)
    The LRPAC is a community-led oversight committee featuring parents and community members who serve as a 2016 Bond Program oversight and long-term planning accountability committee. The committee’s work in the 2021-2022 school year will largely focus on supporting the development of a long-term district programming and facility master plan. Meets once-a-month on Thursday mornings. 

  • Finance and Audit Committee (FAC)
    The FAC is a parent and community group that works to continuously improve upon the overall financial health of the district by providing reliable and unbiased fiscal oversight. Meets once-a-month on Wednesday mornings. 

  • District Accountability Committee (DAC)
    The DAC is an educator, parent and community member committee working to advise and prioritize district initiatives to the Board of Education, including spending priorities, the district unified improvement plan (UIP) and charter applications. Meets once-a-month on Wednesday evenings. 

Apply now at www.adams12.org/committees

Spots on all committees are limited. Acceptance is based on spots available, quality of application and a diverse geographical representation of the district.



*Keep in mind, the plans for district charter schools may be different. Please check with your child’s charter school for more information.